Modern Languages with International Experience (BA): 4-year, full-time

Birkbeck, University of London
In London

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Start London
Start 01/10/2017
  • Bachelor's degree
  • London
  • Start:
    01/10/2017
Description

Programme overview Would you love to develop your understanding of the cultures and values that lie at the heart of different countries and become a highly proficient linguist in the process? You can, by raising your language skills to near-native standard in at least 1 of 2 languages studied, and by learning related skills in translating, summary-writing, and written and oral presentations. At the same time, you can increase your cultural understanding through options in literature, film and society. Our students gain confidence in speaking and writing both the foreign languages and English. The third year is normally spent abroad at a partner institution to allow you to develop your language skills and your knowledge of the culture. You can also apply for a 3-year version of the programme without a year abroad and you will normally also be able to transfer to this version of the programme during your first or second year of study if you decide you do not wish to study outside of the UK. This course is also available for part-time evening study over 4 years .

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Starts Location
01 October 2017
London
Malet Street, WC1E 7HX, London, England
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Starts 01 October 2017
Location
London
Malet Street, WC1E 7HX, London, England
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Frequent Asked Questions

· Requirements

Entry requirements We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential. On this programme you can focus on 2 of the following languages: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese or Spanish. You must have at least A-level/B2 (CEFR) competence in 1 of your 2 languages....

What you'll learn on the course

European History
Cinema
English
Simulation
Translation
Latin
Politics
International
Writing
Full Time

Course programme

Course structure

You take compulsory, core and option modules to a total of 360 credits over 3 years.

Your programme will be designed to suit your interests and your language capability, which can be at any level from beginner to native speaker proficiency. This sample programme - language pathways B and C - will help give you a better idea of the structure you would be following, but please bear in mind that other languages and pathways are available.

Year 1

German 3

Japanese 2

Cultural Perspectives on German History

Rethinking Japan: Introduction to Modern Japanese Society and Culture

Year 2

German 4

Japanese 3

Film and Politics

The Twentieth Century: Key Themes in Comparative European History

Year 3

Study abroad

Year 4

German 5

Japanese 4 (Final Year)

Extended Essay

Manga and Anime.

By the end of your thirdyear of study (and sometimes by the end of your second year), you will have reached proficiency (C2) in both of your chosen languages unless you start at beginner or GCSE level in your second language, in which case you will reach either level B2 or C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference in that language.

If you exit the degree with both languages at C2 level or 1 at C2 and 1 at C1 level you will be awarded an 'and' degree, e.g. BA Modern Languages (German and Japanese). If you exit with 1 language at C2 and 1 at B2 level you will be awarded a 'with' degree', e.g. BA Modern Languages (German with Japanese).

Indicative comparative culture option modules
  • Beating Nature: Artificiality, Imitation and Simulation
  • Film and Politics
  • Representations of Love, Desire and Sexuality
  • Stories of the Self (Level 5)
  • The Twentieth Century: Key Themes in Comparative European History (Level 5)
  • Understanding Culture: Theories and Texts
Indicative French option modules
  • French Cinema: History, Practice, Analysis
  • French Political Culture: Traditions and Change
  • French Thought: from the Renaissance to Postmodernity
  • Imagining France: An Introduction to French Studies
  • Mmoire en franais
  • Translation from and into French
Indicative German option modules
  • A Topic in German Thought: The Idea of Enlightenment
  • Das Dritte Reich
  • Die Deutschsprachige Presse
  • Post-War German Film
  • The Politics of Gender and Modern German Culture
  • Wirtschaftsdeutsch
Indicative Japanese option modules
  • Advanced Seminar in Japanese Culture and Society
  • Popular Culture in Japan and East Asia
  • Theorising Japanese Cinema
Indicative Portuguese and Spanish option modules
  • Art and Empire in the Iberian World
  • Creative Destruction. Cultural responses to contemporary Portugal (level 6)
  • Iberian Political Cultures: The Portuguese Case
  • Iberian Political Cultures: The Spanish Case
  • Literature and the Nation in Latin America (Argentina)
  • Literature and the Nation in Latin America (Mexico)
  • Picturing the African Presence in Early Modern Spain
  • Power and Control in Spanish Golden Age Art
  • Scenes of Portuguese History: Cultural approaches to modern politics
  • Studying the Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian and Native American Worlds
  • The Latin American Novel
  • The Problem of National Identity in Modern Spain
  • The Urban Experience in Brazil

Please note that not all modules are available every year; the list above is indicative.

By the end of your thirdyear of study (and sometimes by the end of your second year), you will have reached proficiency (C2) in both of your chosen languages unless you start at beginner or GCSE level in your second language, in which case you will reach either level B2 or C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference in that language.

If you exit the degree with both languages at C2 level or 1 at C2 and 1 at C1 level you will be awarded an 'and' degree, e.g. BA Modern Languages (German and Japanese). If you exit with 1 language at C2 and 1 at B2 level you will be awarded a 'with' degree', e.g. BA Modern Languages (German with Japanese).

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Teaching and assessment Teaching Lectures and face-to-face teaching in small, informal groups. Language classes are predominantly interactive and taught by experienced native or near-native speakers. You will also make use of off-air TV recordings, the internet and a modern language laboratory. Assessment ...

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